Maths Competition practice

This link goes to some practice questions – scroll down to the relevant section.

Here are some links to an American maths competition that is quite similar to the Australian Maths Comp. These questions are most useful for Year 7 and 8 students: 2012 competition  2011 competition  2010 competition

Here is one for Year 9 and 10 students: 2013 competition

…and for VCE students: 2013 competition  (These are pretty challenging!)

Embedding movies in your blog.

You might be interested in uploading some work as a video on your blog. Well, the first task is to actually make a movie… we’ll be doing that later in the year.

If you have used Windows Movie Maker to create the movie file, you will need to upload the wmv file to your media library.

Once that’s done, paste this section of code into the post, changing the name of the filename.wmv to the actual url of your file.

<object width=”480″ height=”320″ classid=”clsid:6bf52a52-394a-11d3-b153-00c04f79faa6″ codebase=”,1,52,701″><param name=”url” value=”” /><param name=”autostart” value=”false” /><param name=”showcontrols” value=”true” /><param name=”pluginspage” value=”” /><param name=”url” value=”” /><embed width=”480″ height=”320″ type=”application/x-mplayer2″ src=”” url=”” autostart=”false” showcontrols=”true” pluginspage=”” /></object>

If you have an mp4 version of the movie, the code will be different:

<video width=”480″ height=”320″ controls=”controls”>
<source src=”″ type=”video/mp4″ />
<object data=”″ width=”480″ height=”320″>
<embed src=”″ width=”480″ height=”320″>

<PARAM NAME=”autoplay” VALUE=”false” >
<PARAM NAME=”preload” VALUE=”false” >

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The movie should be automatically embedded in the post in Internet Explorer like these ones:

5 x 5 x 5 Powerpoints

Your task is to reflect on what you have done at school so far this year, using the 5 x 5 x 5 presentation technique.

Your presentation style must be:
– 5 slides (plus a title slide)
– 5 items (dot points and or images)
– 5 words per dot point
You must mention at least three subjects – one must be iLearn.

You will be assessed by two others from the class, using the rubric.

After your assessment has been completed, you will need to make a post on your blog summarising what the 5 x 5 x 5 means & whether you found it to be a helpful strategy for presenting.

iLearn reports checklist

Over the next few weeks, teachers will be writing reports. For iLearn, we will be looking at how well you have setup your online portfolio including the following tasks:

  • Setup of blog page (theme, widgets etc)
  • Introduction about yourself
  • Uploading a picture
  • Comments on other classmates blogs
  • Reviews of other blog pages
  • Google Searching tips
  • Multiple intelligence surveys
  • Online portfolio created
  • At least three blog posts for your classwork
  • Uploading a document
  • Excel Smartie statistics, including graph
  • Cyber Safety summary

Cyber Safety

Learning Intentions:

  • To understand the implications of cyber bullying
  • To be able to manage behaviour appropriately in online instant messaging environments
  • To understand implications of spam text messages
  • Learn how to protect your digital reputation.

Demonstrate the CyberNetrix interactive website: Work in pairs to create a “profile” and then explore the site. You must explore at least the “chat room” (click on the desktop computer) and the mobile phone issues (click on the mobile phone on the bed), and then have a go at the quiz (click on the Rubik’s cube).

Make a blog post – write about two new things that you learnt about cybersafety. One about how to protect yourself, and another about your responsibilities online.

Some blogs to check out

Here are some random selections. Have a look and assess how good they are. Students – you may not be able to access some of them while you are at school. If so just skip to another one. (Australian teenage sports reporter) (Rob Dart’s blog about his overseas volunteer work) (random student blog about AFL) (young English blogger / youtuber and musician) (student blog from Hawkesdale) (grade 6/7 blog from Canada) (AFL Dream Team blog)

Also there are a stackof other student blogs that can be found here.

Creating a custom menu on your blog

Once you start adding work to your digital portfolio on your blog page, you will need a way of sorting it into categories. WordPress allows you to assign a post to different categories – you should have a category for each subject.

So that readers can easily navigate through the different categories and find particular posts, you should create a custom header. This can have categories added to it, so that posts will be easily found under the heading. For example, clicking on Maths will display all of the posts in the Maths category.

So how is this done?

1. Make sure that your posts have at least one category (not just uncategorised). You can create the catetgories by clicking on Posts > Categories

2. Create a custom header (Appearance  > Header) and use this header for the main navigation.

3. Add your categories to the custom header.